Let's Paint a Fall Tree!

In this one-time class, students will create a colorful Autumn tree with acrylic paints while I lead them step-by-step through the process including lots of options along the way.
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75 minutes

per class

Meets once


year olds


learners per class

per learner

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Class Experience

Students will learn techniques to create a realistic trunk dividing into main branches as well as textural paint techniques for the fall leaves.  They will also learn how to make wise color choices that help their tree stand out from their background.   
Homework is not required, but sometimes a child needs a little extra time after class to finish an area of their painting or add a detail.  
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1 ACRYLIC PAINT SURFACE: Small 8"x10" or 9"x12" White Canvas (the type that has primed (coated white) canvas stretched over a wooden frame & stapled to the wood on the back is my preferred type - you'll also be able to find some that are stapled to the side of the wood frame. (Other options listed below would work well, too.) Options instead of the Stretched Canvas listed above: Canvas Panel or Canvas Board (It will not be as thick as the stretched canvas and will feel more solid like the canvas is mounted/glued to a stiff cardboard.) OR a piece of Acrylic Canvas Paper that usually comes in a pad of multiple sheets. ACRYLIC PAINTS: (not tempera, not watercolor & not oil and please see note below about the thickness needed) I suggest as least 1 ounce of primary, secondary and neutral colors including Blue, Red, Yellow, Green, Orange, Purple, Brown, White, Black. **For the textural techniques we will be using, it is best to have thicker acrylic paints that come in tubes and not the watery type that is usually in little plastic bottles. If you shake them and they sound watery, they will be too thin for this lesson. Store brands in tubes are a good consistency. PAPER PLATE to use as a paint palette. ACRYLIC PAINT BRUSHES in a variety of sizes. Include a medium size ROUGH Flat Brushes (looks like a square on the tip but bristles are rough and a little prickly to the touch and a smaller ROUND ROUGH brush. If you cannot find a round rough brush, you could use a small flat rough brush instead. Also include a very small and a medium SMOOTH Acrylic Brush (1 very small Round brush like a pencil tip shape and 1 slender Flat Square Shape). Try to avoid all brushes that easily bend when you run water over the bristles or that easily bend with the touch of your finger (those are made for watercolor). Stiff or more firm brushes are best for acrylic paintings. WATER in a metal can, plastic cup or glass jar. PAPER TOWELS PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ATTACHED PHOTO WILL GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF WHAT SMOOTH AND ROUGH ACRYLIC BRUSHES LOOK LIKE although the sizes and shapes may differ from the description above for this particular painting.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
We will not have any formal assessment; however, I'll be checking for opportunities to give individuals extra painting tips throughout the lesson as we show each other our paintings several times during our session as well as celebrating each other's progress and results.
1 hour 15 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.


Susan Garrison Professional Artist and Teacher
64 total reviews
75 completed classes

About Me

Hi, I'm Susan Garrison, a professional artist who also loves teaching kids!  I've been drawing & painting all my life and teaching children for the past 3 decades.  After earning my BS Degree in Art Education K-12 from Middle Tennessee State... 
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